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The text messages on your iPhone always carry good memories, moments of happiness, or some important information. What if you lose your iPhone or the text messages due to mistakenly delete, failed iOS update, virus attack, system crash, or physical damage? To prevent sudden data loss until it’s too late to get back, you'd better backup the messages someplace where they can always be available to you.
In the following paragraphs, we will focus on this topic and show you the top three ways to backup iPhone text messages. You can choose the most suitable one based on your own needs.
Features of this method:
Simple, quick, flexible, unlimited, and data-readable
What we are talking about here is EaseUS MobiMover, one of the most popular iPhone backup masters to allow users to back up files from iPhone to Windows PC. With this smart tool, you can:
Backup iPhone data including messages, contacts, videos, photos, audios, and more without iTunes.
Transfer files from PC to iPhone using USB as well as from Mac.
Sync data between two iOS devices efficiently.
Manage your iPhone/iPad data by deleting, editing, or adding iOS items on your computer more easily.
Save videos from any YouTube as well as other websites.
Does this software sound quite nice? If so, why not download it to have a try by clicking the button below. The installation will be green, safe, and fast.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC, unlock your device, and trust the computer. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Backup Manager" > "Back up".
Step 2. Since you want to back up your iPhone messages, select "Messages" only. As you can see, you can back up other supported file types together with messages from your iPhone. The messages will be kept on Desktop by default, but you can click "Select" to choose another path. Afterward, click the backup button to start backing up your iPhone messages and attachments.
Step 3. Wait for the process to complete. If you need to restore the message backup to your iPhone in the future, go to "Backup Manager" > "Restore" and select the backup you just made.
Note: It is worth noting that restoring messages to your device will erase your current messages on the device and get it replaced by the backup files.
Features of this tip:
Wireless, flexible, but limited
iCloud is also a free data backup service that many users are carrying out. As its a wireless option, it's a more convenient option. And, if you have updated your iPhone to iOS 11.4 or later versions, you can sync your iPhone messages only to the cloud.
Apple allows 5GB of free cloud space for each user, if your files are larger than 5GB, you can choose to purchase more storage space or return to Part 1 and use MobiMover to sync content without size limitation.
For iOS 11.3 and former version:
Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is using a Wi-Fi connection.
Step 2: Tap "Settings" and tap “iCloud” or tap the user banner at the top of the screen, then tap “iCloud”.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap “backup” or “iCloud backup”. Tap on "Back Up Now" to backup text messages on iPhone to iCloud. (If you find that the process is slow, you can read these tips on how to make iCloud backup faster.)
For iOS 11.4 and later (iOS 13):
Step 1: Tap "Settings" and tap the user banner at the top of the screen, then tap "iCloud".
Step 2: Find "Messages" and toggle on to start to sync iPhone messages to the iCloud.
Features of this solution:
Free, but slow, inflexible, and file-unreadable
iTunes supports you to back up almost all the iPhone files to your computer, including text messages. But what you need to know, you have to sync the whole iPhone files instead of text messages selectively. So, the backup is a long process each time. Besides, after exporting, you can’t view or read the messages directly. Therefore, if you can't bear these shortcomings and need a smarter option, get back to Part 1 with the user-friendly MobiMover.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and run "iTunes".
Step 2: Tap on the device icon and choose "Summary".
Step 3: Choose "This computer" and hit on "Back Up Now".